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WARRANT frontman JANI LANE (real name John Oswald), working with a band comprising guitarist Matt Cleary, ex-DEFCON bass player Mark Matthews and drummer Adam Mercer, would issue a 2002 solo album entitled 'Back Down To One'. Although credited as a solo release the singer assembled a touring band subsequently titled JANI LANE'S WARRANT.

The bulk of the album material would be co-composed by his erstwhile WARRANT colleague Keri Kelli. The record would be picked up for a European licence by the British Z Records label. Lane quit WARRANT in January 2004. Unfortunately for the singer, his first batch of solo shows, in Michigan, would be stopped by legal action from his former band mates objecting to the use of the WARRANT band logo on his posters.

Road work in the US saw Lane sharing both stages and backing band with former QUIET RIOT singer KEVIN DUBROW. As such, his live musicians included guitarist Bily Morris and Mark Matthews of SWEET F.A. on bass. Later gigs, dubbed the 'Bad Boys Of Metal', saw Dubrow and Lane teamed up with former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler's act ADLER'S APPETITE and openers BANG TANGO. The 'Bad Boys' backing band for these shows comprised the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and BANG TANGO credited guitarist Alex Grossi, QUIET RIOT, HOUSE OF LORDS and ALICE COOPER man Chuck Wright on bass, UFO, BADLANDS, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and RACER X's Jeff Martin on the drums and ex-DEFCON, SLAMMIN' GLADYS and WARRANT man Shawn Zavodney on keyboards. Lane, missing the 11th August Farmingdale, Nw York show, apparently dropped off the schedule mid tour.

Rather ambitiously, Lane vocalised on the track 'Bastille Day' and the epic '2112 Overture/Temples Of Syrinx' for the Magna Carta 2005 RUSH tribute album 'Subdivisions'. Live solo dates in early 2005 saw Lane's band including a new rhythm section of Chad MacDonald on bass and Bryn Mutch on drums.

A high profile bout of US touring saw a newly trimmed down Lane teaming up with former RATT frontman STEPHEN PEARCY, DON DOKKEN, FIREHOUSE and KIP WINGER for VH1 Classic's 'Metal Mania: Stripped Across America' trek in late October. His live band included JAILHOUSE and NEVE guitarist Michael Raphael. Unfortunately, the tour was marred by some well publicised, less than sober performances from Jani.

The singer, enlisting sixteen year old Boston guitarist Dario Lorina of CYRUS ZAIN plus TRAMP'S WHITE LION, HOOKERS N' BLOW and EMERALD TRIANGLE drummer Troy Patrick Farrell, announced he was to tour the USA in May billed as JANI LANE'S WARRANT. Unfortunately his old addictions caught up with him once again at a gig in Rochester, New York when the singer, having left the stage to score drinks from the bar during his set, passed out onstage whilst performing his hit 'Cherry Pie'.

In November the group, featuring Lane, Dario Lorina, bass player Chad MacDonald, keyboard player Shawn Zavodney and drummer Daniel Conway, was set to play at the Californian 'Wrestle Rock '06' events, held at the The Redding Convention Center, Redding and The Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno, alongside Y&T and DEATH ANGEL. However, these shows were cancelled.

On February 3rd 2007 Jani Lane, together with Matthew and Gunnar Nelson of NELSON, Mark Slaughter of SLAUGHTER, KELLY KEAGY of NIGHT RANGER and ERIC MARTIN from MR. BIG, performed under the SCRAP METAL banner for an MTV filmed concert at the Mohegan Sun Hotel & Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

During February 2008 it was revealed Jani Lane had rejoined the ranks of WARRANT. However, the group announced in September that it was splitting with Jani Lane, just six months after the band first reunited with the troubled vocalist. He was swiftly replaced by Robert Mason.

Unwelcome publicity in June 2009 was prompted when Lane was involved in an auto accident in the Woodland Hills area in California. The singer allegedly hit a parked car and when police arrived at the scene, he showed signs of intoxication. No one was injured in the incident but the 45 year-old singer was arrested and taken toLos Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys division where he was booked for a misdemeanor and was released the next morning on $30,000 bail. His former band WARRANT immediately issued a press statement distancing themselves from Lane and his "poor judgement".


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